Sporting are second in Group E

Emery said: “Of course, the first thing in our minds is to finish first in this group, and it is a very important match because it is against the second team in the table and if we win, we are the first in this group. That is our clear target.

“We are finding our focus in two ways. One is in this competition, it is very important for us. In one way, it’s for a title and in another way to [qualify] for the Champions League next year.”

Jose Peseiro’s Sporting have flitted from victory to defeat in their past seven games, losing to Portimonense in the Primeira Liga as well as to Arsenal and in the Taca da Liga to Estoril.